Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy
Morning & Evening Meditations for Holy Week
Mar 14, 2016A team of eleven pastors and scholars walk us through Holy Week with short meditations for each morning and evening from Palm Sunday to the triumph of Easter.
Jesus Paid It All
Feb 21, 2016“Jesus paid it all.” Some of the most relevant things you need to know today are simple and familiar. Meditate on what Jesus has done, and marvel that he did it for you.
Two Obstacles to a Relationship with God
Oct 4, 2015Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a…
Living the American Nightmare
Aug 17, 2015It’s not the nightmare of violence in the Middle East, or the generic nightmare of life in a fallen world. It’s the American Nightmare — the one where millions of us are murdered, and our body parts are quietly sold for research, all by an organization our government is funding.
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015It’s one of the most important — and controversial — topics of our time. God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. These distinctive roles are not the vestiges of a bygone…
The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood
Jul 31, 2015This book now appears in print under the title Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice. Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and woman as his image-bearers — equal in…
Is Our Stance on Abortion Too Flimsy?
Jul 29, 2015The last few weeks have sparked outrage among Christians and any who advocate for the rights of unborn children. These videos on Planned Parenthood’s work expose them for the horror they are. The grim truth, though, is that still many Christians are not really bothered by it all.
Planned Parenthood: How Much Longer?
Jul 14, 2015Today a video was released of Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services casually describing how they sell aborted babies’ organs for profit. It’s just another example of the abortion industry self-destructing. How much longer will we allow it to continue, America?
Lord, You’re Beautiful
May 31, 2015As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. (Psalm 17:15) One day we will stand before Jesus. If we could see through the clutter of our lives now…
Call That Love
May 25, 2015I sing lullabies to my four-year-old son. I usually make them up on the fly, and they sound horrible. He appreciates them, though, and so, every night as I tuck him into bed, by his request, I sing him another…
Freed from Self-Absorption
May 20, 2015C.S. Lewis helps awaken us to the “astonishing realness of things.” It’s what Alan Jacobs calls an “omnivorous attentiveness” — a bewildering awareness of the things all around us. It is being alive to what is, to things that…
Either ‘Okay’ or ‘Thank You’
Everyday Life and the Father’s Will
May 11, 2015My five-year-old can’t stop saying the f-word. It just happened. I didn’t teach it to her. Her mom didn’t either. But again and again — and every Saturday without fail . . .
Game-Changer for Bible Reading
May 6, 2015How does the Old Testament point to Jesus? In this four-minute video, Bryan Chapell tackles this crucial question for preaching and teaching, as well as everyday Bible reading.
Apr 27, 2015As a society, especially those of us in the younger generation, we haven’t come to grips with what dying is all about. We don’t really know what it is or what it means. At best, we’re confused. At worst, we’ve invoked a kind of intentional ignorance.
God’s Grace Will Find You
Apr 19, 2015The phrase is so popular, do we really know what David is saying? “Even though,” he begins, “*Even though* I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. . .” (verse 4).
Where Is Heaven on Earth?
Apr 15, 2015Once in college I went to a prayer meeting put on by a small Evangelical denomination in the rural South. It was the kind of denomination that has a string of adjectives before the word “Baptist” — the kind that you might expect to handle snakes or something.
Jesus Turns the Tables
Mar 30, 2015Holy Monday. It may have felt like the proverbial Monday morning in the modern Western world — a time to reengage the grind and get back to work. Jesus, indeed, walked into Jerusalem to take care of business.
The War of Love
Understanding Why We Get Angry
Mar 11, 2015The color was porpoise gray — that’s “porpoise” like the dolphin. Porpoise gray. That’s the color my wife chose to paint the little sunroom at our house a few years ago. She loves it when I take on house projects…
Let’s Bring Conversation Back
Mar 9, 2015Conversation has fallen on hard times. Let’s face it, most of us find talking to strangers to be a rarity. This is our new societal reality.
Spurgeon Biography by John Piper (New Book)
Mar 5, 2015You will face adversity — it’s only a matter of time. In fact, chances are, you’ve already experienced hardship. The question then, and going forward, is how you persevere through the oppressing moments of life? This goes for everyone, but…
Parenting Means Wrestling Demons
Mar 4, 2015I nudged the door open with my shoulder, hands holding carryout (again). I made my way through the dark living room and set dinner on the table. I could hear the kids playing in the basement as I peeked into…
Whatever It Takes
Feb 25, 2015We need clarity on the meaning of life. I mean clarity not in terms of getting our theology in order, or knowing what to say if our pastor asked, but clarity in terms of the questions we should stop and…
When God Calls You Out
Feb 22, 2015“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).
When Jesus Prays for Your Faith
Feb 12, 2015We see this in Acts 1 — in the in-between story of Jesus telling his disciples the Spirit will come (Acts 1:8) and the Spirit actually coming (Acts 2:1–4). Pentecost is when things really get going, right? So what is the point with this preliminary stuff?
The Seven Deadly Sins
Feb 3, 2015These short messages are from the Desiring God 2015 Conference for Pastors, in partnership with Bethlehem College & Seminary. Eleven other sessions are also available. You Can Say No to Porn: A Pleasure Greater Than Lust (John Piper) America’s…